DIY French Door Shades
French doors need shades or curtain that look great from either side. The window coverings have to fit on the framework of the doorway itself so that the door can freely open and close. You’re able to accommodate the specific requirements for covering French door glass using relaxed linen or burlap hues, just lined and minimally sewn, a day’s attempt for a bespoke door treatment.
Cut material 3 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the finished shade for every doorway. Fold the side seams beneath 1/2 inch double and press apartment. Fold the top and bottom seams 1 inch double and press apartment.
Cut lining fabric the size of the finished shade — one piece for each shade — flatten it against the back of the shade material and then tuck the edges under the seams of the shade. Stitch all side bottom and top seams, with the lining tucked beneath the ironed seam edges.
Cut the bottom slat off every mini-blind and cut away the “ladder” strings that help to hold the slats in place. Be sure to keep the main wires intact — there will be two or three running vertically up the blind. Pull off all the slats and ladder strings.
Put each shade face down on the floor or table. Lay a mini-blind top bar with attached wires on a shade — the top bar extends just under the top hem of the shade, so you can fold the colour over and paste it into the bar. Do this, but don’t glue the very ends of the colour into the bar and keep all of the wires away from the glue.
Stretch the cords long and measure to your drapery rings. Mark about 8 inches up from the base of the fabric shade. Then make marks in pencil in which the wires run, about 10 inches apart, all of the way up. Sew the rings in the marks, using thread that matches the visible cloth, or thin, transparent monofilament.
Screw eye hooks to your wood slat, slightly narrower than the width of the colour, to line up with the plastic drapery rings. Glue the slat horizontally in the 8-inch mark close to the base of the cloth.
Run the wires through the drapery rings and the eye hooks. Turn each cord in the eye hook. Hang a colour on every French door, utilizing the mounting hardware for those blinds and arranging the loose top ends of the cloth above the hardware to disguise it. The Roman shade raises into relaxed folds using an 8-inch apartment panel in the bottom, so it appears casually elegant.